Client Reviews

Juvenile Cases


Our initial ordeal with the juvenile justice system was devastating. Our trust that justice would prevail and our belief that our first attorney [who is now a juvenile court judge] had our interests first and foremost were destroyed. So when we again had to approach the court, we were at a loss as to which attorney to choose. Mr. Sullivan’s website indicated that he was more knowledgeable than most and had a passion and understanding about the need for justice for our children. He looked at my son as a whole person and not just a case number. His quick responses, direct communication and follow-ups helped to reassure us. He did not let us down. If we had had a competent, decent, ethical attorney a few years ago, we would have had a different outcome even then.  We will never forget what Mr. Sullivan did for us and words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude. If you need an attorney for your daughter or son, I would highly recommend Mr. Jim Sullivan.
~T.W., Houston, Texas

As an attorney myself, when concerns arose over an incident involving my son, I knew the extreme importance of finding an attorney who is Board Certified in juvenile law. Board Certified lawyers are highly specialized – enough that the State recognizes them for their expertise. My search led me to Jim Sullivan and I cannot thank him enough. He is extremely well-versed in this highly specialized area of law, kind, compassionate and non-judgmental. He spent a great deal of time understanding the incident involving my son and providing us guidance. Thankfully, it appears that this will turn out to only be a “learning opportunity” for my son but, I have Jim’s number in my phone and will call him immediately if the need arises.
~Concerned Mom (Yahoo Directory Review)
Jim Sullivan helped our son and family through a very difficult time.  On a Friday evening in February 2012, our son was handcuffed and taken from our home for detainment at the Juvenile facility (Fort Bend County) on a class 3 Felony charge of stalking. We were informed that we would not be able to see him until visiting hours Monday.  Our lives had been turned upside down and our son’s support system (his family) had been ripped out from under him.
My husband, who is lawyer, immediately began researching Houston area juvenile attorneys.  Based on Jim’s profile and qualifications, my husband called him late Friday evening.  Jim answered the phone and arranged to meet us at the Juvenile Detention Facility early Saturday afternoon.
Jim connected with our son immediately. It was apparent he cared about him as a whole person, not just the kid who suddenly found himself in trouble.  He was more than just a lawyer to my son. He shared his own experiences and his positive attitude about life and relationships.  Jim is not only a good lawyer but a good role model for our children.
The Felony charge did not stick and we are thankful for Jim’s help and counsel.
~Anonymous from Fort Bend County  (AVVO Review)

Professional, personable, reliable. This lawyer takes care of you. He helps children and parents in their time of need. He explains thoroughly the situation and makes sure you completely understand what is going on before moving forward. He will fight for your freedom. I hope I never have any more problems but if I do I will call Jim Sullivan he is the best in my eyes.
~Tracy McLaughlin, Houston, Texas (Yahoo Directory Review)

Jim Sullivan is truly an excellent attorney. He went the extra mile for my son. One afternoon while I was at work, I received a phone call from Deer Park Police Department. My son had been picked up from school in Huntsville, Texas and charged with aggravated sexual of a child. I became frantic and terrified to death. I knew an offense like this would ruin my child’s life and not only that, but it was going to be hard to fight and he was already being treated as if he was guilty. Later he was turned over to Juvenile Detention with no intention of release. I spoke with several attorneys and they could only offer a plea bargain, saying “that he is guilty and would have to report as a sex offender until he was 28.” My son was 15 years old at the time. They did not give me much faith in going to trial. This meant my son is guilty and that he was going to do some time. I continued to search for an attorney and then I found Jim Sullivan. I called him and he agreed to meet at my convenience. I told him about my son’s situation and he said he believed that he could help. He suggested taking the case to trial. He gathered all the information he needed from me and then he went to work. First he got my son released from Juvenile Detention and back into my custody.  Then he hired a private investigator and continued working on my son’s case.  One afternoon, about a month before trial, I received a call from Jim stating that my son’s case had been dismissed.  I cannot explain the relief my heart felt when I got this news, but I can say that I thank God for Jim Sullivan.  He gave my son’s life back. Jim put time, patience and dedication into my child’s case. For this I am truly grateful.
~Percilla L., Huntsville, Texas

Jim Sullivan is truly a man who goes above and beyond for his clients, the majority of which are children. These kids can’t properly speak for themselves in a court of law, but Jim can and does.  This man’s dedication to these children is phenomenal!  He is committed to giving these kids a chance to start fresh.
Our son was almost 13 years old when we called on Jim in mid-2008, and he had been charged with a serious felony offense (aggravated sexual assault of a child).  It was a Sunday when we made the call.  Jim answered the phone and urged us to come in that evening.  He sat with us for three and a half hours listening to and coming to understand our story.  He was our second attorney.  The first had misrepresented himself as a juvenile defense attorney and was unable to get our son released from juvenile detention.  It was terrifying to have to start over in the middle of chaos, but Jim calmed the air so quickly and helped us move forward.
Jim took our son’s case that Sunday evening and changed our boy’s life.  Jim got our son back in our custody immediately.  He connected with our son and gained his trust, something the previous attorney had no time to do.  Jim always remembered he was our son’s attorney, not ours, and he treated our son with respect even though he had managed to land himself in a situation undeserving of it.  Jim spent time preparing our son for what was happening now and what could be expected in the future.  He was always prompt in returning phone calls; that is if I had to leave a message at all.  I was usually able to reach him right away even in the evening when I did not expect to.
Jim knew that we had just paid our previous attorney in full and that we were financially in a bind.  He didn’t make us feel unimportant while we gathered the funds he would need to defend our son.  He always treated us as if we had paid in full the minute we walked through his door.  This man is not about money!  I truly believe that he does all that he can to provide his services at a minimal cost.
Jim also knew that our son was from a home of divorce and that he would have to do double time on correspondence between father and mother.  He did so with the utmost patience and respect to both sides.  Jim kept the peace when it wasn’t his responsibility.  Remember, Jim is the child’s attorney and not the parents.  However, he took the time to help us come together on some very important issues.  Just know that my son was grateful at the peace that was created.
My son is now moving on with his life in the custody of his parents and not the state of Texas, because a man named Jim Sullivan believes he has a duty to children and he wakes up to the call of that duty every day and meets it with the utmost integrity.
~Tammie P., Houston, Texas

I am thankful that my son and I had Jim Sullivan for our attorney. It is so rare to find a personable lawyer who will fight for your child’s justice.  I am happy he was my son’s attorney; if you ever need an awesome lawyer who actually cares about his clients look for Jim Sullivan. I always keep his card just in case someone I know needs an honest hard working talented lawyer for adults and children. Jim Sullivan will take care of you and your loved ones.
~T.L.M., Houston, Texas

Criminal Cases


Jim Sullivan is a lawyer that cares.  He is willing to put himself and his career on the line for justice and he works hard for what is right. Last year, he represented me in a case in which I was wrongly charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (a very serious felony).  Jim Sullivan was able to prove in trial to a jury that I acted in self-defense.  Jim spent several months and countless hours on my case. Most lawyers never go to trial. Even though the State offered me deferred adjudication probation, Mr. Sullivan advised me not to take it and to insist on a jury trial.  During trial, the State was clearly frustrated by Mr. Sullivan’s skillful ability in cross-examining the State’s witnesses and portraying what the case was really about–that I had the right to use a gun to defend myself against what I reasonably believed to be two men trying to rob me in a dark parking lot outside a club.  By the close of evidence, the State felt so bad about their case that they strongly argued that the jury should have the right to find me guilty of a misdemeanor assault, but it didn’t matter.  The jury reached the right verdict and found me not guilty.  The false accusations were then expunged and my record was once again clean.  My family and I were very fortunate and blessed to have such a good attorney on our side and we now consider him a good friend.  I served in the military for 10 years, including a combat tour in Iraq.  To fellow Veterans: Jim is a true patriot and definitely the attorney you want serving beside you.
~Jeremy P., Houston, TX

I cannot thank you enough for your help with my case in Montgomery county. It was a very serious accusation against me.  My teenage nephew falsely accused me of molesting him.  You took our initial call on a weekend and assured us then that everything would turn out fine. You explained that it was very important for a good attorney to get involved before indictment because you believed a good defense attorney could get the case no billed by the grand jury.  And, that’s exactly what you did.  You are very talented and professional at what you do. I cannot thank you enough for standing beside me, believing in me and and most importantly, your confidence. You are truly a super lawyer.
~K.M., Conroe, TX (AVVO Review)

I was so blessed to have met James Sullivan. His values, ethics and professionalism made us win the case for one of my Contractors. As recommended by him, the case was impeccably argued before the Grand Jury and it was no billed. Given his track record, I have now taken the liberty of calling him “The King of NO-BILLED” Thank you so much for your help. God Bless you!
~K. Ache, Houston TX (AVVO Review)

I want to thank Attorney Jim Sullivan for helping me with my case. I had a probation violation on an Assault Family Violence case in Criminal District Court which resulted in jail time. Mr. Sullivan represented me and, even though my probation officer recommended revocation, he managed to get the Motion to Adjudicate Guilt dismissed on the first setting and I was released from jail later that night.
The terms of my probation included that I not have contact with my wife until completion of my BIPP counseling sessions which were for 18 weeks. My probation officer claimed that I violated my probation by returning to my house and that was false. Mr. Sullivan interviewed my mother and my wife about what really happened and then proved to the prosecutors and the probation department representative that I did not break the rules and that I should be released back to probation so that I could keep my job to provide for my children.
He thoroughly prepared for the first court setting and I am very grateful for him for going above and beyond in helping my case and would recommend him to anyone who needs not only an experienced criminal defense attorney but also an attorney who treats you like a real friend. So, with that being said, thank you Jim Sullivan for an outstanding job.
~Kelvin, Houston, TX (AVVO Review)

As an attorney, Jim Sullivan is low profile, down to earth, insightful, and most importantly, effective. I had met with other attorneys that presented a tough and flashy image and claimed to be the best in town, but I chose Jim because I trusted his integrity, capability and sincerity to do his best in representing me in the criminal case [Theft] that was charged against me. I was proven to have made a sound judgment – Jim had my case totally dismissed without a trial setting, two months after the charge was made against me. From what I have observed, Jim does not just apply a standard formula to a case and then proceed in the legal system’s “production line.” Instead, he thinks outside the box and he catches details that are critical to properly define the nature of an event and he goes on to breakthrough a seemingly impossible situation. Jim is a very good attorney, a good man and a true blessing.
~Kay, Houston, Texas (Yahoo Directory Review)

Jim Sullivan is a great lawyer. He saved me from a lifetime of sex offender registration.  Before I hired him, another lawyer told me I might get probation but I’d still have to register. My life would’ve been over if that happened. I couldn’t get a job. I couldn’t support my family. Only Mr. Sullivan had the confidence that he could beat my case.
I had met this girl on Facebook. The girl said she was 18 and had a child of her own. I was 24. We dated during the summer and then she said I got her pregnant. When her mama found out, she called the police. That’s when I learned that the girl was only 16 at the time. I got charged with Sexual Assault of a Child and was looking at doing 2 to 20 years in prison.
The lawyer I first spoke to said I committed statutory rape and that there was no defense. He wanted to charge a large fee just to try and get me probation. I then spoke with Mr. Sullivan. He assured me that I had a good chance of getting the case no billed or dismissed by the grand jury and then getting my arrest records expunged. At first I didn’t know what he was talking about it because I had never heard of a grand jury before, so he explained it to me how he was going to do it. Mr. Sullivan told me he had gotten other sex cases dismissed the same way. He also charged less than the other lawyers.
I am so glad that I found Mr. Sullivan. He did what he said he was going to do. Within 3 months of being charged, he got my case no billed by the grand jury. I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me.  He really saved my life.  I recommend him to anyone who needs a criminal lawyer. In my mind, he is the best.
–Will O., Houston

We hired Attorney Jim Sullivan to represent our 39 year old son who was charged with Aggravated Assault Family Violence in Harris County [Houston]. Our son suffers from schizoaffective disorder. He was not on his medication when he got into an argument with his wife and seriously injured her with a knife [stabbed her in the arm and back]. Attorney Jim Sullivan was the second attorney to represent our son in this difficult case where the prosecution only offered prison time. Sullivan believed that our son’s only hope for probation was to ask the Judge to decide punishment in a PSI hearing. The complainant insisted on testifying during the hearing. Sullivan skillfully cross-examined her and got her to admit that she cheated on our son during their relationship, got pregnant by another man and led our son to believe that the child was his. Soon after the birth, our son learned through DNA testing that he was not the biological father, however he still chose to raise the child, love him and treat him like his own son. After hearing all of the evidence, the Judge gave our son deferred adjudication so that he could get on with his life. We are very grateful for what Attorney Jim Sullivan did for our family.
~N.T., Houston, Texas (Yahoo Directory Review)

Jim Sullivan saved my life.  I had never been in trouble before.  I am a single mom with three kids.  A neighbor’s boy, an 11 year old bully, beat up my 9 year old son.  My 10 year old son then went outside and gave the bully a black eye.  The bully ran home and told his momma that I had hit him.  His momma came over and attacked me.  The next day that woman called the police and I got arrested for a felony, Injury to a Child.  I spent 2 weeks in jail for something I didn’t do before my momma got enough money together to pay the bondsman. 
Before Jim Sullivan defended me, I was afraid. I thought the best I could get was probation.  I just don’t trust the law.  I’ve seen too many people go to trial, lose and get a lot of prison time.  But Jim believed in me.  When we first went to court, Jim told me the government was offering me deferred adjudication on the felony, but he said that I shouldn’t take it.  Jim told me he would fight my case all the way to trial and that there was no way he was gonna let me plead guilty when I was innocent.  Over the next few months, he worked on my case.  He came to my neighborhood and spent many hours talking to witnesses. 
On my first trial setting, Jim told me that the government was now offering me a better deal–deferred adjudication on a misdemeanor assault, but Jim told me that I should not take it because I was not guilty of that either.  He was sure he would win my case at trial and I believed him. Over 6 months, we went to court 10 different times. Finally, on my third trial setting, the government dismissed my case!  I thank God that Jim was my attorney.  He truly cared about me and my family.  I cannot thank him enough.  Because of him, I still have a clean record and I can still work to support my kids.
~D. Shepherd, Houston, Texas (Avvo Review)

Jim Sullivan is a good lawyer and a good person. My son got arrested for drug possession at age 18 at his high school in Collin County Texas (near Dallas). I thought his future education plans were over, but Jim Sullivan worked hard to persuade the prosecutor to reduce the case to a class C misdemeanor and allow my son a 90 day deferred adjudication. He successfully completed the probation and his case was dismissed. Most importantly, after Jim Sullivan counseled my son for several hours over several days, my son finally saw the light and gave up his daily weed smoking habit. While his former friends now have criminal records for drug use, my son changed his life for the better, graduated from high school and is working full time for a good company.
~W.H.S., Collin County, TX (Yahoo Directory Review)

I was charged with Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration, a serious felony offense. I was innocent of the accusations, however I did not think that any attorney would believe my story. When I left prison, I joined a Christian church (Houston Victory Ministry) and lived in one of their homes. The main mission of the church is to “restore men back to God’s purpose”. In my criminal case, law enforcement came to the church to verify that I was in fact living there as that was where I was registered. The day that they visited I was working. A resident living in a different house who did not know me misinformed the police and told them I did not live there. Rather than talking to the ministers of the church or anyone in authority, they simply filed felony charges against me, and I did not want to be arrested and have to rely on the services of a court-appointed attorney. It took several months for me to earn the money to post my bond and to hire Attorney Jim Sullivan. Even with letters from my pastor, the prosecutor was still not willing to dismiss the case and only offered 4 years in prison. My attorney insisted on setting the case for trial because the state was not willing to do the right thing.  When my atttorney talked to the chief prosecutor about getting a date for a jury trial, the State finally gave in and dismissed my case.  Mr. Sullivan did an awesome job for me. He believed in me and my case from the beginning. He took pictures of the facility, talked to witnesses and prepared the case for trial.  In other words, he did his job.  So, I just want to encourage anyone needing a good criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Sullivan is the one to go to.  I am a Christian and I believe with all my heart that God sent him to me.  God bless.
~Robert G., Houston, TX

Jim Sullivan is a person of trust and integrity and most of all honest.  During a horrible time in my life, I was charged with a felony for insurance fraud.  Needless to say, I had a spotless record, never been in trouble with the law.  During some unfortunate circumstances, I ended up in court and had no idea on what was going to happen to me next.  By the grace of God I found Jim Sullivan, an angel that walks the earth. I was scared to death; he walked me through the legal process with dignity and integrity.  Not knowing anything about the system, he explained every detail and never left my side.  With his professionalism and trust, I was able to get through this horrible nightmare.  I thank God for Jim every day.  He impacted my life so much.  I was not able to do it without him.
~Donna H., Houston, TX

It was late on a Saturday afternoon when I found myself caught up in a very serious legal situation [2ยบ felony Theft].  I was terrified and didn’t know where to turn.  I made a few calls and ended up speaking with Jim Sullivan.  He had me come into his office that same day and spent several hours speaking with me and getting the background on my situation.  Mr. Sullivan was never judgmental or condescending.  He listened to my story and believed in me.
Mr. Sullivan saw me through what was by far the worst time of my life.  He represented me very well and his expertise as well as his belief in me helped me to realize a reasonable ending to my ordeal.  I would recommend Jim Sullivan without any reservation.
~B.B., Houston, TX

Jim Sullivan helped me every step of the way to get my record clean.  He is a very dedicated professional that truly listens to you and provides a way out when you are involved in a criminal situation.  I made a very foolish mistake of shoplifting and thought that I could never get my reputation back.  However, he made sure to make every effort possible to get me out of this trouble.  I thank God that I found him because without him I would have remained a criminal in the eyes of the public.  Jim Sullivan is a man of trust, hard work and dedication.  There is no doubt about that.  I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a criminal lawyer.
~Denisse P., Houston, TX

I recommend Jim Sullivan to anyone who needs brilliant legal representation. In a legal jungle, Jim is a lion.  Never intimidated, Jim courageously defended my rights and freedoms and we won. My cases [Indecency with a Child] were difficult and complicated, but Jim handled everything with cool, calm competence. I was facing up to 20 years of incarceration for false accusations, so the stakes were high. Jim came through for me. [Both felony cases in Montgomery county were dismissed on the second trial setting]
~T.P., Houston, TX

Although my case [evading detention by motor vehicle] is still active and not resolved yet due to scheduling, I know that Mr.Sullivan cared about me as a person and helped me get my case lowered to a less severe charge. In the future, my charge may be dismissed after I fulfill my contract [pretrial diversion]. I appreciated his willingness to help, to delegate the personal and medical matters with the DA in Houston. I think that Mr.Sullivan is very professional and is willing to help anyone with sincerity and honesty. If anyone needs a good defense attorney, please get Mr.Sullivan!
~Cindy H., Houston, TX (Yahoo Directory Review)

I have known Attorney Jim Sullivan since he began practicing criminal and juvenile law in 1994. He has represented me and other family members in several difficult legal matters. I would highly recommend him if you need a defense attorney.
~Kimberly C., Collin County, TX (Yahoo Directory Review)

The good Lord was looking out for my son when he was assigned Jim Sullivan as his attorney. An attorney who truly cares about the future of his clients well-being, long term. Mr. Sullivan did not see my son as a SPN number. He sees him as a human being who God has placed in his path for a reason. Thank you so much for all of your efforts!
~Betty B., Houston TX (Yahoo Directory Review)

We recently hired Mr. Sullivan’s legal services on behalf of my 18 yr old son who was involved in a car accident involving injury [Failure to Stop and Render Aid]. I was impressed with Mr. Sullivan’s professionalism and understanding as well as his knowledge of laws. He listened to our case and wanted to help. He was very thorough, clear and quick to respond in his explanations while defending our case to the DA and Judge.  We are very pleased with the results and outcome and I would highly recommend using Mr. Sullivan services.
~J. Garcia, Houston, TX (Yahoo Directory Review)

We certainly would use Mr. Sullivan again if the need arises. He was swift in calling us back, meeting with us on a Sunday, and making the necessary arrangements in court. We were able to get the pre-trial diversion situation handled promptly.
~Cynthia P., Houston, TX (Yahoo Directory Review)

Jim Sullivan is an extremely good attorney. He actually cares about your case and wants the best for you just as much as you do. He is reliable and very professional. I am so glad to have found such a good attorney like him. I would recommend him to any teenager or even an adult. He knows what he is doing and he makes the atmosphere a little more relaxing. I have never gotten in trouble with the law until this past year and he has not only helped me with my court case, but he has given me a good word of encouragement and I am very confident that my case will be settled the exact way that I am hoping for.
~M.A.C., Houston, TX (Yahoo Directory Review)